Ronald C. Kobernick, DDS, MScD, PA
Periodontics
10601 Seminole Blvd, Largo, FL & 111 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL
727-397-8503

Frequently Asked Questions

What Will Happen On My First Visit?

Please assist us at the time of your initial visit to the office by providing the following information:

  • Your referral letter and x-rays from your referring dentist. (if appropriate)
  • Please complete your patient registration form and bring it with you to your first appointment, or you may fill it out online
  • If you have dental insurance, please bring any forms or insurance cards with you to the appointment.

During your periodontal examination, Drt. Kobernick will meet with you to review your medical and dental history, followed by a thorough evaluation. Usually, a second visit (the diagnosis appointment) will be scheduled to discuss my findings and clarify fees.

We typically do not schedule initial exams and treatment on the same day, unless you are having a dental emergency. We want to make certain you have all the information you need, and that all of your questions have been answered prior to any treatment being provided.

Please Note: All patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation appointment.

Will It Hurt?

We will be as gentle as possible. The periodontal exam can be completed with little or no discomfort. We will always discuss any soreness to be anticipated post treatment. There should never be soreness during treatment.

Do I Need X-Rays?

We will need current periodontal x-rays in order to thoroughly understand the extent of your periodontal disease, in combination with clinical findings. They will also be necessary if implants are being considered, and prior to orthodontic treatment. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us. If implants are to be placed, we will arrange for a CT scan to be taken. CT scans provide Dr. Kobernick specific information necessary to place implants ideally.

What Will Periodontal Treatment Cost?

Since all patient needs are different, it is necessary to complete a thorough examination before Dr. Kobernick establishs your treatment plan and determines the fee for care. Periodontal charges vary considerably depending on the type of problems present and the complexity and length of treatment. An approximate fee can usually be determined at the initial visit; on occasion, some initial treatment or further diagnostics must be completed before the final treatment plan can be established. Our philosophy of practice is to treat to achieve predictable, long-term tissue health.

Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?

Dental insurance policies may cover a portion of periodontal treatment. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment.

Will I Need Surgery?

Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can be controlled without surgery. We will make recommendations based on your individual situation.

Can My Teeth Be Saved?

Dr. Kobernick's goal is always to save teeth for which long-term health can be achieved. We will use sophisticated techniques, such as bone-grafting, if the predictability of successful treatment is good. If you do need surgery it is the technique that provides the most predictable long-term health. We are dedicated to making your surgical experience a positive one if it is necessary.

When Will I Return To My General Dentist?

Our office and your dentist will work closely together. If crowns and/or fillings are needed, your dentist will provide them. We will arrange for you to meet with your dentist to clarify any necessary restorative care prior to Dr. Kobernick beginning periodontal surgery or implant therapy. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance.

What If I Elect Against Having Gum Treatment?

Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delay can cause you further bone loss as the disease progresses, with more expense. A decision against having gum treatment may eventually increase the potential to lose teeth. Our patients generally choose to have treatment to save their teeth.

10601 Seminole Blvd., Largo, FL 33778 P: 727-397-8503 F: 727-398-2679

390 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 P: 727-397-8503